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Summer Activities for All Ages

Celebrate suAFM_2015_2mmer early and attend the Bullock Museum’s Music Under the Star: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, May 31 beginning at 4 p.m. Enjoy a free music concert featuring local talents on the Bullock’s plaza presented by the American Federation of Musicians.

For more musical adventures on Austin’s Cultural Campus, don’t miss the traveling exhibit Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, June 13. The exhibit’s opening day activities includes online essay writing service free admission all day, live music, and more!

Other upcoming summer events include:

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER
TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM
June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.

We are celebrating the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum! Museum exhibits open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the activities run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Scheduled activities:  The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fossil identifications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES
HARRY RANSOM CENTER
Saturdays in June at 3 p.m.

The Harry Ransom Center’s Young Adventurers Film Series kicks off on Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. with Disney’s film Alice in Wonderland (1951).

Drawing on Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the film has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 75 minutes, and the film is rated G.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s current exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the upcoming films James and the Giant Peach (June 13), Coraline (June 20), and Where the Wild Things Are (June 27.)

Enjoy these exhibitions on view at Austin’s Cultural Campus museums: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Roller Derby.

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2013 Holiday Museum Crawl

2013 holidaycrawl

Enjoy festive music, hot beverages, special discounts and a prize drawing!

‘Tis the season to shop local, and Austin’s Cultural Campus is offering a shopping event to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Downtown Austin is a cultural destination, where unique shops within walking distance of one another offer museum-quality gifts that allow you to make meaningful purchases that support art, history and science in your city.

The Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center have joined forces to present the 2013 Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, December 7, with festive music, hot beverages and special discounts for those who mention the Austin Cultural Campus.

By shopping in Austin museums and cultural centers, you can find distinctive gifts, such as original art work, nature-themed jewelry, dinosaur goodies, collectibles, souvenirs or the official state ornament. For a gift that lasts all year, purchase a membership and receive a free gift at some locations while supplies last. Sign up at any location to be entered in a special prize package drawing.

Explore Austin’s museum shops online:

Blanton Museum of Art

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Harry Ransom Center

LBJ Presidential Library

Texas Memorial Museum

Visual Arts Center

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Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus!

In 2010, administrators from two of Austin’s most popular museums put their heads together to brainstorm ways they might help one another publicize events. The brainchild born of that conversation was Austin’s Cultural Campus, a pedestrian-friendly destination offering exhibitions that highlight visual and literary arts, history and science. In addition to rich cultural experiences, visitors can enjoy performances, shopping, dining and much more.

Seven organizations comprise Austin’s Cultural Campus (ACC) and all are located on or near the University of Texas at Austin campus within walking distance of each other—the Blanton Museum of Art, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Texas Memorial Museum, the Visual Art Center, and Landmarks (the public art program of the University of Texas).

Click here to watch a short video about ACC.

“ACC partners with local organizations to offer new and creative ways for visitors to experience member institutions,” explains Kathleen Stimpert, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Blanton and one of ACC’s founders. “Over the years these have included segway tours with SegCity, bike tours with Mellow Johnny’s, music crawls with the Butler School, and a Holiday Shopping crawl.”

You can pick up a rack card at any of the member institutions for descriptions and a map of their locations. Keep up with ACC special events on this blog or our Facebook page.

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Free Concert Crawl at ACC Museums April 6

On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music will perform short, informal chamber music concerts in five museums from Austin’s Cultural Campus. Each mini concert will feature a variety of chamber music masterworks, specifically chosen to respond to the art and ephemera exhibited at each museum. Concerts begin at 1 p.m., and will repeat continuously, on the hour until 4 p.m. Travel from museum to museum for this Concert Crawl, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun.

Austin's Cultural Campus Concert Crawl April 6
Presented by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus.

Here’s what to look forward to on April 6:

Blanton Museum of Art: Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. The Blanton is particularly well known for its collection of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Inspired by these collections, musicians from the Butler School are presenting the enchanting Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by the famous twentieth century Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, along with other sumptuous works for classical guitar and bassoon.

Harry Ransom Center: The Harry Ransom Center is cherished in Austin for offering fascinating exhibitions of literature, photography, film, art, and performing art. This spring they present a major exhibition of Arnold Newman’s photographs of innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures. One of Newman’s most iconic images features Igor Stravinsky at a grand piano. Taking inspiration from this photo, the Butler School of Music moves one of its priceless Steinways to the Ransom Center for a collection of chamber music pieces with piano, including the classic masterpiece “Arch Duke” trio by Beethoven.

The Visual Arts Center: The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a place where art exhibition and education intersect, drawing together a uniquely diverse community of students, faculty, guest artists, and creative voices from around the world. Situated in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, on April 6 VAC visitors can explore the popular, annual exhibition of UT student work. The Butler School of Music also presents a concert of music by UT student composers. Come hear lively, colorful, fresh-off-the press chamber music, and discover a new generation of brilliant, young Longhorn artists, composers, and musicians.

Texas Memorial Museum: Natural history with a Texas focus! Texas Memorial Museum is the place to see Texas dinosaurs and fossils, wildlife, and gems and minerals. Marvel at the 30-foot mosasaur that swam here when the area was covered with a shallow sea. Wonder at the Texas Pterosaur – largest flying creature ever found, with a wingspan of 40 feet. Gather beneath the Pterosaur on April 6, as the Butler School presents musicians as archeologists, preforming 17th century music on replicas of antique instruments.

LBJ Library and Center: The LBJ Library houses the historical documents, telephone recordings, video, artifacts and photographs of President Lyndon Johnson to let researchers and the public render their own verdict as to his place in history. The Library features three floors of interactive exhibits to educate visitors about legislation passed during LBJ’s years in the White House. To celebrate LBJ’s heroic legacy for African American civil rights, the Butler School presents a concert of jazz from the 1960s. Enjoy famous tunes by Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, brilliant African American composers that overcame oppression and segregation to change the history of music and American culture.

Visit the participating museums’ websites for directions and parking information.

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Fright at the Museum – mark your calendars!

Sunday,  Oct. 28, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m.

Dress up your little goblins and  celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at  the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of  Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled  by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs  while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. Free event  for the entire family!

If you need any accommodation to participate in the event, please contact Christina Cid at least five days before the event.

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Fun Stuff at Texas Memorial Museum!

Mark your calendar! 

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m. – Identification Day – Scientists and experts from all over Central Texas are on hand to look at and identify natural objects (fossils, rocks, arrowheads, etc.) that you have found and give you more information about them.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 1-4:45 p.m. – Family Fossil Fun Day – Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. Free admission and free activities.

And, there is still time to participate in the Central Texas Nature Challenge – ends July 27!

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Concerts & Cycling: Join us on Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 14

Bike Tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus
1 p.m.
Meet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces)
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the University’s Butler School of Music’s Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop.

Ride size is limited, so please RSVP.

Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check mellowjohnnys.com for updated information.

 

Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl
2–4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of music with the Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl, a chamber music outreach project featuring performers from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. Enjoy 20-minute casual chamber music performances at four of the University’s museums: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Performances repeat every half hour. Make plans to visit each institution and hear music by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.

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Coming up! @ Texas Memorial Museum – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Saturday, March 3, 11am to 4:45pm
FREE activities for the whole-family include:
Ongoing: Arts and crafts, fossil identifications in the Paleo Lab, exploration of specimens at booths hosted by Texas Natural Science Center scientists, and digging in the Fossil Dig Pit.
Timed Presentations:
11:00am – 1:00pm – Music Expedition.  This new family-friendly activity combines musical games and a scavenger hunt with short interactive concerts by students from UT’s Butler School of Music. Students will perform music relating to the museum’s exhibits and offer clues for the scavenger hunt.
11:00am –3:00pm – Fun Fish Facts.  See a diversity of fishes from the Gulf of Mexico and discover fun and interesting facts about each.
2:00pm – 2:40pm – Meet a Fossil Preparator.  Presented by Preparator Laura Naski, who will explain the “tools of the trade” and demonstrate how fossils are cleaned, repaired and made ready for exhibit, research and teaching.

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